This should be in the “starting from scratch” thread but at least it’ll get seen here...
TIER 1 - same as now. 12 teams, split after 33 games, 38 games in total. 12th automatically relegated, 11th into playoff.
TIER 2 - as tier 1 with 1st automatically promoted and 2nd, 3rd and 4th into playoff. 12th automatically relegated with 11th into playoff.
TIER 3 - 18 teams, 34 games. 1st automatically promoted, 2nd, 3rd and 4th into playoff. Bottom 3 automatically relegated with 15th going into playoff.
TIER 4 - 16 teams, 30 games. 3 league winners automatically promoted with the 3 2nd placed teams going into playoff with 15th in T3. 15th and 16th automatically relegated (if top tier 5 teams are or are close to being licensed) with 14th into playoff if needed
TIER 5 - 14 teams, 26 games. HL2, EoS Prem and WoS Prem licensed winners automatically promoted. If top 2 teams are licensed in these leagues, 2nd placed will play winners (if licensed) of Tayside (with EoS and 14th of LL East), same with WoS Prem and SoS winners for a playoff with 14th team in tier 4. 13th and 14th relegated into relevant tier 6 leagues...
TIER 6 - 14 teams, 26 games. Promotion decided on keeping the tier 5 leagues at 14 teams but ALL league winners promoted (NCL given an option)
TIER 7 - plenty of room for new teams and competitive games for all
It might not look fair to start with but it would evolve pretty quickly and should remain fair as the seasons go on...